Where do these waves come from? How are they formed? Why do they break on the shore? In Waves, Fredric Raichlen traces the evolution of waves, from their generation in the deep ocean to their effects on the coast and their more extreme forms, including hurricanes and tsunamis. He describes the complicated sun-earth-moon combinations that create high tides and low tides and the effects of waves on the beach, including rip currents and the use of breakwaters to protect harbors and bays. He discusses hurricanes, storm surges, and hurricane-generated waves. He offers a brief history of tsunamis and explains how earthquakes, landslides, and volcanus generate them.
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